Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics (Master of Arts)
Program: Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
The “Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft / Indo-European Linguistics” program focuses on the Indo-European linguistic family. The objective of this discipline is to define the familial relationships that exist between the languages in this language family and to gain insights into the processes of differentiation which have led to the languages spoken today. Historical-comparative linguistics focuses preferably on the earliest accessible stages of the individual languages and attempts to gather their linguistic evidence as precisely as possible, to describe their phonology and grammatical structures in detail, to collect vocabulary and to define the meanings of words. Words and grammatical forms are also examined with respect to their etymology.
In addition to comprehensive training in historical-comparative (Indo-European) linguistic studies, a specialization in anatolistics (Hittitology) and in typological-comparative linguistic studies is also offered in Marburg.
There are professional opportunities for successful graduates of the "Historisch-Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft/ Indo-European Linguistics" master's program particularly in the field of adult education, libraries and publishing (print and audio-visual media), cultural mediation and cultural management, language instruction and public service.
Further key components on organizational and communicative and intellectual levels (competence for independently developing new fields of knowledge; independent organization of projects; competent scholarly argumentation; analytical and cognitive competence) and foreign language skills expand the professional field in specific divisions of commercial enterprises.
Required university degree
Degree from a subject-relevant bachelor's program in the field of Linguistic and Cultural Studies with a high modular proportion of Historical-Comparative Linguistics (at least 60 CP) or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university diploma.
Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission German Skills:
Other language skills:
- Latin and
- skills in two old Indo-European languages are required, including
- or Ancient Greek, within the scope of the Graecum
Skills in Sanskrit or knowledge of another old Indo-European language are certified by documentation of having passed Module I 1 Sanskrit, in the scope of 18 CP of the Marburg bachelor's program in Historical Linguistic, Text and Cultural Studies or by equivalent certifications.
Admission Mode Direct admission is granted with complete fulfillment of the admission requirements.
Please note that due to the current health situation related to the corona virus, all personal consultation hours are unfortunately cancelled until further notice.
Technical questions about your application
Content-related questions about the program
Theresa Roth M.A.
Tel.: +49 6421/28 24798
Office hours: by arrangement
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Rieken
Tel.: +49 6421/28 24785
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